How to Turn a Skirt Into a Crop Top in 7 Simple Steps

Cristina Paraiso
by Cristina Paraiso
6 Materials
2 Hours

If you have too many skirts and not enough tops in your closet, then watch this video to learn how to turn a skirt into a crop top.

There’s nothing cooler than a crop top on hot summer days and you can pair one with a pretty skirt or a pair of jeans. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Old skirt
  • Fabric elastic
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Cutting the waist off the skirt

1. Disassemble your skirt

First, cut the waistband off of your skirt.

Removing the ruffles

If your skirt has buttons or other adornments, remove those as well so all you have left is a plain piece of fabric.

DIY crop top pattern

2. Make your crop top pattern

Lay your fabric, folded widthwise, on your work surface, with the inside facing in. Measure and mark the length you want for your crop top, including a seam allowance.

Cutting the crop top pattern

Cut your fabric along your marked line. Then, pin one of the long edges so that the two layers won’t shift.

Measuring and marking the pattern

Now mark and measure a 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) strip from the leftover fabric. 

Cutting off a 1-inch strip of fabric

Cut off that 1-inch strip.

How to make a crop top out of a skirt

Double check that your large piece of fabric and your strip are the same width.

Pinning the edge of the fabric

3. Sew the crop top

Pin one edge of the main fabric together to keep the layers from shifting. 

Pinning the two layers of strips together

Pin the two layers of your fabric strip together.

Folding and pinning the crop top

Fold over and pin the open long edge.

How to sew a simple crop top

Sew the fold in place all the way around.

Make a crop top from scratch

Now measure and mark 4 centimeters (1.57 inches) from the edge you just sewed.

Marking a line across the fabric

Mark a line across your fabric at the 1.57-inch mark.

Pinning the fabric strip to the main fabric

Pin your fabric strip to your main fabric at that line you just marked, going all the way around your main fabric.

How to sew a crop top

Sew the strip to the main fabric along both long edges, but keep a small section open so you can insert elastic.

DIY crop top tutorial

This is how it should look, so far. The side with the strip will be the bottom of your crop top, and the other long side will be the top of your crop top.

Measuring and marking the DIY crop top

4. Make the elastic casing

Measure and mark 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) in from the top of your crop top (the edge opposite the one you were just working on).

Drawing a line across the fabric

Make a line across your fabric at the mark you just made.

Folding and pinning the edges

Fold in and pin the edge of the fabric to meet that line.

Sewing the DIY crop top

Sew all around that edge, at the raw edge, and again, leave a small opening to insert elastic.

Pulling elastic through the elastic casing

5. Insert the elastic

Pull your elastic through the elastic casing you made on each side of the crop top and gather it as you need to fit your body.

Sewing the ends of the elastic together

Sew the two ends of elastic together and sew the openings closed.

DIY crop top

This is how your crop top looks so far! The ruffled edge is the bottom and the plain edge is the top.

Making the crop top ties

6. Make the crop top strap ties

On leftover fabric, mark and cut four 3 x 52-centimeter (1.2 x 20.5 inch) strips.

Pinning the ties

With right sides facing in, fold and pin each tie in half lengthwise. Sew the ties along the long open edge.

Turning the sewn ties right side out

Turn the ties right side out using your favorite method (like a safety pin) and iron the ties flat.

Pinning the ties to the DIY crop top

7. Attach the ties

Pin the ties to the front and back of the top of your crop top at your desired width. 

Hand-sewing the ties in place

Hand sew the ties in place.

How to turn a skirt into a crop top

How to turn a skirt into a crop top

Here’s your crop top! Pretty simple and so cute. Are you excited for summer now? Please leave a comment to let me know if you tried this DIY crop top tutorial and how you liked it.

Suggested materials:
  • Old skirt
  • Fabric elastic
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter
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